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Information for Beginners
While the truth is, paddling is one of the easiest sports you'll ever learn, for the beginner though it can be quite intimidating and confusing. Do you want to paddle, flat water, white water, ocean surf, lakes, rivers, single kayaks, sit on-top kayaks, tandem kayaks and so much more to consider. It's not hard to see why this can be overwhelming.
There's so much to take into consideration before you venture to far into the sport. The folks at Wilderness Systems have pulled together an excellent resource to help the beginner get some understanding of our sport.
There are many good resources out there for new paddlers. Here's just a few sites with helpful information.
You can find these documents at:
We hope this is a good beginning and please don't be bashful about asking questions. Regardless of what your paddling interests are, there is a paddling community nearby to help you realize your dream. In fact, right here in Portland, OR we have some of the most active online paddling communities around. Literally hundreds of active paddlers for Sea Kayaking, Recreational Kayaking & White Water Kayaking.
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